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If you order something online or if you bought that gift at a store for the holidays, chances are a diesel brought it. Diesel trucks, trains, boats and barges move 90 percent of the nation’s goods – more than 18 million tons of freight each day.
Volvo Construction Equipment North America says its diesel electric hybrid LX1 prototype loader achieved up to 50 percent fuel efficiency improvement over a comparison machine, well exceeding the 35 percent goal it set for the project. “With the LX1, we’re bringing Star Wars technology to construction equipment. You have the response of the Tesla and the fuel economy of the Prius.”
While combined EPA ratings haven't been published, Chevy projects the Equinox Diesel to hit 32 mpg in the city and up to 40 mpg on the highway. Opting for all-wheel drive will cost 1 mpg on the city rating up 3 mpg on the highway rating, the carmaker said. The final ratings could still make the front-wheel-drive Equinox Diesel the most fuel-efficient compact crossover on sale.
Despite their higher fuel costs and initial costs, diesel engines have kept a steady following and are actually rising in numbers notably in cars and SUVs. Diesel passenger vehicles also continued to outnumber hybrid cars and trucks in every state except California, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.
The diesel was winning on all the fuel metrics. There may be no better car for the highway commuter concerned about fuel economy than the 2017 Chevy Cruze diesel. While the Cruze with the six-speed manual gets 52 mpg on the highway, better than any nonhybrid or plug-in, our model with the smart, smooth-shifting nine-speed transmission gets an EPA-estimated 47 mpg highway. Gas prices will rise, and the Cruze diesel will look even better.
Almost 3 million heavy-duty diesel commercial vehicles introduced in the U.S. from 2011 through 2016 are now on the road powered by the latest generation clean diesel engines, and these trucks have delivered important benefits in the form of cleaner air, fewer CO2 emissions and dramatic fuel savings. Over a 5 year period, the newest generation commercial vehicles have saved 4.2B gallons of diesel fuel, and reduced 43M tonnes of CO2, 21M tonnes of NOx and 1.2M tonnes of particulate matter,
With worldwide concern about lowering carbon footprints, how can environmentally savvy crew reconcile making a living on a vessel powered by fossil fuel that pumps its exhaust directly into the water? The answer is clean diesel.
The U.S. added more than 280,00 new clean diesel passenger vehicles across the country last year. The 2016 increase in diesel registrations was due to the expanding popularity and increasing number of choices in the light-duty pickup market. Solid performances from both new and existing SUV and luxury sedans continue to demonstrate the utility of diesel engines in these segments.
Mayors and municipal leaders representing cities across America are finding that immediate and positive steps can be taken to reduce carbon footprints and lower emissions by modernizing their fleets. Investments in clean diesel technology is a cost effective investment strategy. The recent settlement with VW may prove essential to reduce emissions sooner than anticipated as $2.9 billion will be available to help municipalities purchase new vehicles and equipment and clean diesel will deliver the most benefit for the dollar.
Thanks to Heavy Duty Trucking magazine for highlighting the huge strides the U.S. has made in emissions and GHG reductions for heavy-duty vehicles. Consider that heavy-duty diesel truck emissions in the U.S. have been regulated by EPA since 1987. Since 2010, new commercial trucks are near zero emissions and today about 30% of all commercial trucks in the fleet have that generation of technology in use on the road. Today in Southern California more fine particles come from brake dust and tire wear than from heavy-duty Class 8 trucks.
DTF's Executive Director Allen Schaeffer responds to the Forbes article... Thank you Neil for bringing a badly needed perspective to the Volvo announcement. I must chuckle however at the “panic to electrify” comment. What is needed is getting more newer technology on the road faster. Schmidt is spot on. Think of it this way - Volvo has the same market share in the U.S. (about 3%) as diesel engine options from all other OEMS in pickup trucks, cars and SUVs.
With nearly 79 million passengers traveling through its location each year, it’s imperative that daily operations at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) remain uninterrupted, even under extraordinary circumstances. The LAX engineering team needed to select a power generation design and manufacturer who could match its unique operation’s needs. Cummins Pacific was able to provide LAX with a power system designed for performance, dependability, state of the art emissions technology and mobility to enable the systems to be easily dispatched throughout the 640-acre airport as needed. Cummins Pacific provided LAX with a pair of 2 MW QSK60 diesel generator sets that meet South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) emissions specifications, the most stringent requirements in the nation.
General Motors is looking to add a diesel engine option to the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck. The automaker, which offers Duramax diesel options for the midsize Colorado pickup and the heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 Silverados, doesn’t sell the regular 1500 with the engine. Yet...
As more clean diesel fuel reaches overseas markets, demand for U.S. manufactured clean diesel engines and the vehicles and equipment they power can expand. Expanding production of clean diesel fuel and the manufacture of clean diesel technology will be a boost to communities across the country.
More than just gasoline is made from a barrel of crude oil. A standard 42 gallon barrel of crude oil produces 20 gallons of gasoline and 11 gallons of diesel fuel, according to the Energy Information Agency. While those 20 gallons of gasoline are used almost exclusively to power automobiles, diesel fuel has a wide variety of uses that are essential to our economy. In fact, diesel fuel is the 2nd most used liquid fuel and its uses power one out of every two sectors of the economy.
In the latest edition of their customer magazine, New Roads, Chevrolet works to "demystify" diesel with a breakdown of the power and fuel efficiency of the diesel engines across the brand including the Chevy Cruze, the upcoming Chevy Equinox and of course the Duramax turbo-diesel in the Chevy Colorado and the Chevy Silverado.
The U.S. is an energy powerhouse. New found energy reserves have launched the U.S. to the top of the list of energy producing countries and these new found reserves are helping keep energy costs low for American business and drivers. The U.S. has been exporting finished energy products and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel consistently tops the list.
This level of increase in registrations of new diesel cars, SUVs and light pickup trucks in the U.S. in 2016 is impressive particularly when you consider there were 25 percent fewer choices in the market compared to 2015. It demonstrates the American consumer’s confidence in clean diesel vehicles and what they have to offer – the combination of a proven technology with high fuel efficiency, great driving range and no sacrifices in vehicle capabilities or performance.
When it comes to reducing emissions, on a dollar for dollar basis, nothing beats clean diesel including clean diesel school buses. For a fixed investment, such as the $75 million Ohio is set to receive through the VW settlement, more emissions can be reduced by investing in the clean diesel option that other technologies. Clean diesel technology, including those that power new and newer school buses, result in near-zero emissions. When replacing older school buses deployed with older technologies, more emissions can be reduced by putting into service many more near-zero emissions clean diesel options than other more expensive technologies. Ohio communities should weigh the benefits of more clean diesel buses replacing much older school buses with the cost of replacing just a few all electric buses while keeping more older technology buses in service.
"It would be truly tragic for our environment and our mobility if those developments were delayed because of the negative impact a mishandled, misinformed diesel debate had on our industry."
What makes this near-$30,000 Chevy Cruze special is its engine. A 1.6-liter turbo-diesel 4-cylinder, it employs common-rail fuel injection for quietness and improved performance, a variable-nozzle turbocharger for a broader torque curve, and both an electronic throttle valve and a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system so that General Motors doesn’t run afoul of emissions regulations. Equipped with a 16:1 compression ratio and boasting B20 bio-diesel compatibility, the Cruze Diesel is churning 137 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 240 lb.-ft. of torque starting at 2,000 rpm. What this means is that this car doesn’t need to be revved hard to access its power, and that it makes just as much torque as a typical V6 engine. Since torque is what you sense when you accelerate, the Cruze Diesel feels anything but slow.
Just three years removed from debuting a high-strength aluminum bodied F-150, Ford announced that along with an overhaul of the truck’s design, it will roll out the company’s first diesel-powered engine option for its flagship pickup in 2018.